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Journal for 4-Mar-2004 : Tonga Bay (Abel Tasman NP)

Had to get up early with the alarm clock. Too early and too dark!
Dodgy van ride on a rolling death trap to Kaiteriteri, where we caught the Taxi Boat as far as it would take us into Abel Tasman National Park, with the intention of walking back. Boat ride threw in a stop at seal colony.

The tour operators of this boat transfer operation managed to change my name from Fuller, to Fluer and then to Elver in the space of half an hour.

For a surprisingly pleasant change, the weather was wonderful. It was bright and sunny, brilliant scenery, and so warm this could almost be Tasmania.

Tidal crossing at Awaroa rather interesting. We arrived with forty others sitting around waiting for the tide to go out enough to walk across the mud flats.

It seemed a long way to Tonga Bay. The track is very well made, and hugs the contours beautifully. Tends to go around the mulberry bush a bit, but I wish more roads were built like this.

Lots of lovely coastal scenery. So nice it almost looks good enough to swim in. Almost (<20C still).

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